Friction and contact resistance of nanocomposite Ti-Ni-C coatings
2011 (English)In: Wear, ISSN 0043-1648, E-ISSN 1873-2577, Vol. 270, no 9-10, 555-566 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Ceramic nanocomposite coatings in the Ti-Ni-C were deposited using PVD and studied with respect to tribological properties and contact resistance. It was shown that coatings could be deposited combining of a low contact resistance and a low friction coefficient against silver, making them suitable for use in high performance electrical contacts.Nine coatings with different amounts of C and Ni were deposited. Coatings on flat Ni plated copper substrates were tested in a tribological ball-on-disc setup against ball bearing steel balls. Depending on primarily the amount of carbon the coatings showed very different friction coefficient and wear rate. The coatings were also deposited on cylindrical Ni plated copper substrates. Using geometrically identical silver plated cylinders as counter surface these were evaluated in a test setup better resembling a real life electrical contact. For most coatings a low electrical contact resistance was measured. The evolution of friction coefficient and contact resistance was correlated to wear marks and contact tracks, with their generated tribofilms, as examined after testing using electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 270, no 9-10, 555-566 p.
TiC, TiNiC, Friction, Tribofilm, Electrical contacts, Contact resistance
Inorganic Chemistry Engineering and Technology
Research subject Inorganic Chemistry; Engineering Science with specialization in Materials Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-109425DOI: 10.1016/j.wear.2010.12.006ISI: 000290132500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-109425DiVA: diva2:272435